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Saturday, June 3, 2017


(Philippe Graffin)

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Playhouse Opera for its four-week Winter Symphony Season of sublime world class music until June 22, 2017.

KZNPO associate guest conductor Daniel Boico takes to the podium for the second concert of the season on June 8 which features French violinist and recording artist, Philippe Graffin, in a concert supported by Alliance Française de Durban.

Graffin is currently professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and guest professor at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal. He has established a particular reputation for his interest in rare and contemporary works and has rediscovered original settings of classics and in so doing has championed forgotten violin concertos. Graffin performs Spanish violinist Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole – homage to the French intelligentsia's appreciation of all things Spanish during the latter part of the19th century. Also on the programme is a rare performance of Alexander Glazunov’s imposing Overture solennelle and Shostakovitch Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93.

The KZN Philharmonic continues its primary mission of bringing excellence in music making to the province of KZN. The Winter Season features top South African and international musicians in an eclectic programme of amazing music. “We are committed to bringing the highest quality concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music,” says Bongani Tembe, CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic.

Refreshments and light snacks may be purchased in the foyer before the concert and during interval. Single tickets are available from, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters. It is cheaper to subscribe. Subscribers can save up to 20%. For subscriptions contact 031 369 9438.

The final rehearsals for the Winter Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation needed for a symphony concert. They take place each Symphony Season on Thursday at 10h00 in the Playhouse Opera.

Entrance R30 (R10 for scholars) which includes a cup of tea. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Contact the KZN Philharmonic to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups or schools. Please note that there are no morning rehearsals for choral or operatic concerts. Contact or call the bookings office on 031 369 9438.

There are a limited number of concession tickets for members of the Alliance Française de Durban – call the Alliance on 031 312 9582 to reserve your seats.

You can gain a deeper understanding of the music you are about to hear by attending the Friends of Music’s Pre-Concert Lecture  in the Alhambra Room at the Playhouse starting at 18h00 and entry is R10.

For more information, contact 031 369 9438 or email

To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top right hand of the page